Tag Archive for Baroness Hayman

A fitting tribute

Lord Norton

Wednesday of last week was the final sitting day before the summer recess.  The conclusion of the sitting was unusual because members broke into applause.   It was the last sitting presided over by the current Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman.   As she left the chamber, peers broke into spontaneous applause, in appreciation of all her work as our…

New Lord Speaker

Lord Norton

The House has elected a new Lord Speaker:  Baroness D’Souza (pictured).  She will take up the post on 1 September, succeeding Baroness Hayman.  You can read details, including the breakdown of the votes, here.  Baroness D’Souza led in every round, being elected, after four candidates were eliminated, by 296 votes to 285 for Lord Colwyn.

The Lord Speakership

Lord Norton

There are six candidates to succeed Baroness Hayman as Lord Speaker.  They are: Lord Colwyn (Con), Lord Desai (Lab), Baroness D’Souza (cross-bench), Lord Goodlad (Con), Baroness Harris of Richmond (Lib Dem), and Lord Redesdale (Lib Dem).  Each has issued an election address (limited to 75 words).   Three (Colwyn, Desai and Redesdale) stress the self-regulating nature…

Lord Speaker to retire

Lord Norton

The Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, has announced that she will not be seeking re-election in July.   The Lord Speaker is elected for a term of five years and is eligible to serve for a maximum of two terms.  Baroness Hayman was the first person to be elected to the post, in 2006, after the Lord Chancellor ceased…

Peers outreach programme

Lord Soley

I went to Faringdon Community College http://www.fcc.oxon.sch.uk/ on Friday as part of the Peers Outreach Prograame. The College has a specialist status in engineering and appears to be doing very well. I always ask how many students have looked at Lords of the Blog – alas all too few! maybe this entry will increase the number! The…